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However, some forms and materials carry a higher risk than others and may be linked with greater costs in order meet Building Code standards. Decisions made at the beginning of the design process can save cost later.
The design of the house should consider weathertightness, ease of maintenance and the durability of materials at the start of the process. Weathertightness risks are greater when:
Design for weathertightness is not about stifling innovation or creating boring buildings. It is about being aware of weathertightness at the beginning of the design process and designing out potential weaknesses.
A good designer will know how to balance the requirements of creating a weathertight building with creating one that is attractive and well articulated.
The manual provides professional advice, step-by-step best practice processes and detailed design guidance.
The manual will enable us all to make informed choice and build homes, and create new streets and neighbourhoods
that not only look great but are built to last, sustainable and give best return on investment.
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The Auckland Design Manual provides supplementary guidance to the Unitary Plan on design matters,
which will be updated by the Council from time to time. The Manual is not part of the Unitary Plan
and the Unitary Plan doesn’t incorporate the Manual by reference in the terms of the provisions of
Part 3 of Schedule 1 to the Resource Management Act 1991. While the Manual sits outside the Unitary Plan,
advice notes are occasionally included in the text of the Unitary Plan
to alert the reader to the existence of relevant guidance in the Unitary Plan.